AS PART OF ITS PAN-ARAB COLLABORATION, DOX BOX IS AT DOC A TUNIS
A mutually sought collaboration by both DOX BOX and Doc A Tunis aiming at achieving a better understanding of documentary cinema in the two Arab regions; Mashreq and Maghreb.
Organized by the Ness El Fen association in Tunis, Doc A Tunis opened its fifth edition on April 1st in Tunis hosing 8 films from DOX BOX 2010 selection. The festival will close on the 4th of April. Out of the DOX BOX's third edition selection in March 2010, 8 distinguished films will be screened for the Tunisian Public with Arabic subtitles.
Among the 8 selected films is Tunisian filmmaker and the artistic director of Doc A Tunis Hichem Bin Ammar's new film “Once Upon Our Time”. “Once Upon Our Time” had its world premiere at DOX BOX 2010. Following it premiere, the film was awarded at the African Asian Latin-American Film Festival of Milano together with “Zahra” by Palestinian filmmaker Muhammad Bakri. Bakri's film, on the other hand, was the opening film at Doc A Tunis 2010.
Moreover, DOX BOX's two award-winning films "Nour alHuda" (winner of DOX BOX - Soura Award) by Syrian-Palestinian filmmaker Lina al Abed and "12 Angry Lebanses" (Winner of DOX BOX Audience Award) by Lebanese filmmaker Zeina Daccache will be screened at Doc A Tunis'. "Twelve Angry Lebanses" will be the closing of the festival in Tunisia.
The festival will also screen two films from DOX BOX's "Men and Women" sidebar. These are "Free Time Machos" by Finnish filmmaker Mika Ronkainen and “The Moon Inside You” by Diana Fabianova, which attracted a remarkable interest of both male and female Syrian audiences in a full 500-seat theatre. In addition, “Six Weeks” and “The Lucky Ones” by Polish filmmakers Marcin Janos Krawczyk and Tomasz Wolski and "New Skin" by French filmmaker Clara Elalouf will also be screened.
DOX BOX was named after the intention of turning into a touring festival. The organizers aim at sharing the fine film program with partners in Syria and other Arab countries. DOX BOX film screenings at Doc A Tunis is a first step towards establishing a wider appreciation among the arabic-speaking audiences, and exposing them to the charm of documentary cinema.